DON’T GET ME STARTED on Cucurbita, the genus that includes pumpkins and squash and some of the gourds. No group of plants is more beloved. But rather than digress into a thousand-word rant here, let me just say this: nest egg. Cucurbita pepo var. ovifera is the ‘Nest Egg’ gourd, producing white-skinned fruits a bit larger than a hen’s egg. Their skin develops wonderful mottled patterns as they age, and many bowls (and windowsills!) full of them from over the years live with me happily ever after, never failing to elicit questions, or caresses, from visitors.